Cheesy Mac and Trees | Recipe

From the kitchen of Rachael Ray



Difficulty: Easy

Cook Time: 1-30 min

IngredientsSalt1 pound whole wheat or whole grain rotini or penne with lines1 large head broccoli, trimmed and cut into small florets3 tablespoons butter1 clove garlic, finely chopped3 tablespoons flour1/2 cup chicken stock2 cups low fat milk2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese, dividedPepper1/4 cup chives, chopped or 2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)

Cooking Directions

Preheat the broiler.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water and cook the pasta to al dente, according to the package directions (about 10-12 minutes total, depending on the brand). When the pasta has been cooking for a couple of minutes, add the broccoli to the water and finish cooking everything together, 8 minutes more.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepot over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the stock and milk. Let the sauce thicken to coat the back of a spoon; stir in 2 cups of garden equipment cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta and broccoli and toss with the sauce. Adjust the seasonings, to taste. Place in a large casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese and chives or scallions, then place under the broiler to bubble and brown the top.

Food styled by Karen Pickus


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